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Eastern Europe

CZECH REPUBLIC

Discover Lesser Town, Prague’s most charming area, and get lost in the narrow and romantic streets while experiencing a bit of the superstition Prague is so well known for. Be sure to visit The Church of Our Lady under the Chain, the oldest church in the Lesser Quarter. It was founded back in the 12th century as a Romanesque basilica – and its remains are still visible in the courtyard.

Visit the Manto Factory where the birth of Manto’s cast-iron, glass, porcelain, and ceramic art pieces were inspired by the power of the basic element of fire. Artist Antonin Manto-Mrnka lives and works in Tuchomerice, on the outskirts of Prague. His work is displayed in numerous galleries and private collections in residences throughout Europe, USA, Australia and Asia.

Prague Castle is devoted to gardens, fountains, towers, churches, palaces and summerhouses. It illustrates a thousand years of development in European architecture. Visit the STRAHOV monastery, famous for its library. Pass by Loretto, a baroque building of pilgrimage from the 17th century, housing the Loretto-Treasury. See palaces of nobility within the Prague Castle, visit St. Vitus Cathedral the seat of the Arch Bishop of Prague.

Go down GOLDEN LANE – a row of miniature houses no bigger than one room. See the house that famous writer Franz Kafka, one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century, lived in.



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    Czech republic
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    LESSER TOWN TOUR
    VISIT MANTO FACTORY
    EXPLORE PRAGUE CASTLE

     
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HUNGARY

Tour one of Budapest’s best-known sights,the neo-Renaissance State Opera House, built between 1875 and 1884 by Miklós Ybl. Not only is it considered one of the most impressive architectural achievements in Budapest, it is also considered a work of art which can compete with architectural masterpieces like the Opera Houses of Paris, Vienna or Dresden, all of which were built in the same period.

Visit Heroes Square, with the Millennial Monument, the Vajdahunyad Castle and the City Park. Peek inside the most prestigious thermal Spa of Budapest: Széchenyi Bath.

Visit the Castle district with its romantic narrow lanes and one-story buildings, its charming Fishermen's Bastion and the "jewel" of the Castle district, the Matthias Church. See the massive fortress, the Citadel, and the imposing Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill. Breathtaking views of the Danube and city can be seen from this vantage point.

The Jewish Heritage in Budapest has a very rich, interesting and tragic history. Tour inside the main Synagogue complex, which houses the Jewish Museum. Once there visit the courtyard and the Holocaust Memorial: an imitation of a weeping willow tree with the names of the Holocaust victims printed on its leaves.



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    hungary
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    THE PEST tour
    VISIT THE CASTLE DISTRICT
    JEWISH HERITAGE
    VILLAGE OF HEREND
     
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RUSSIA

Learn about the tragedy and triumphs of the Siege of Leningrad while touring the Rumiantsev Mansion and the Artillery Museum. Explore an enormous and valuable military collection of small and cold steel arms, heavy artillery, guided missile carriers, rocket launchers, banners, uniforms, graphics, sculptures, and awards from the Middle Ages to present-day. Experience life in a bomb shelter and blockade apartment to the sounds of air-raid sirens and a metronome beat.

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and architecture of St. Petersburg while cruising along the Moika and Neva rivers. Sights to be seen include the Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac Cathedral, Stroganov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Marble Palace, Summer Gardens, Aurora Cruiser, and the Summer Palace of Peter the Great.

Tour St. Petersburg with a photo stop at St. Isaac’s Square, which is dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral. Drive across the Neva River and view the Spirit of Vasilievsky Island, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, and the Artillery Museum. Stop at the Aurora Cruiser, pass by the renowned Church of Resurrection on the Spilled Blood en route to Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s and Russia’s most famous street and shopping area.

Explore St. Petersburg’s most spectacular suburban residences and tour the Catherine and Pavlovsk palaces. Catherine Palace, located in Tsarskoye Selo, or ‘Tsar's Village’, is surrounded by a romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes and statues. Admire the palace’s beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades; then ascend the Great Staircase en route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor.



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    RUSSIA
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    Siege of Leningrad
    Moika and Neva rivers
    Hermitage Repository
  • Catherine Palace
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